Sun, Dec 30, 2012
Continuing Projects For NASA, Pursuit Of Sikorsky Prize
Middle Georgia College in Eastman, GA, has a lot going for it, according to its administration. In fact, some call it the best-kept secret in the region. It boasts the only four-year program to own and operate its own air traffic control tower, has a fleet of 18 aircraft, and is one of only five colleges in the nation to offer a helicopter program, according to aviation campus director David Brockway.
But the Middle Georgia Telegraph reports that due to state budget cuts, the college is scheduled to be consolidated with Macon State College. That prospect, however, has not dampened the enthusiasm at Middle Georgia for the projects on which it is currently working. Those projects include work on drones, NASA's Webb telescope, and a human-powered helicopter they hope will be able to claim the elusive Sikorsky prize.
The college will merge with Macon State in January, forming a five-campus institution, but fortunately for the aviation program, the interim president has not made noises about its elimination. Rather, they have been directed to reach out to K-12 schools through STEM programs which could eventually lead to additional grant funding for the aviation campus.
The college has about 500 enrolled students, with about 115 living on campus, according to the paper. Chad Dennis, a program coordinator with the Georgia Centers of Innovation for Aerospace, said the upcoming consolidation would mean an influx of resources and more visibility in the state. All of that, officials say, could lead to more money to keep the program not only afloat, but thriving.
The Company That Won't Answer Questions, May Finally Have To Do So ANN has been bombarded with info and reports concerning the health and well-being of the Icon Aircraft program...>[...]
Also: B-29 Doc Airworthy, Aero-Calendar, Charles Taylor, Boeing-Vietjet, Flexjet Buy, Indian Mini-Shuttle, 777X Composite Wing Center Textron Aviation has finally revealed further >[...]
Make The ‘EAA Four Corners’ Your First Stop At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 Even for those of us who have attended EAA AirVenture many times, when you first walk onto th>[...]
The Medallion Foundation The Medallion Foundation, a non-profit aviation safety organization, embraces mentors and advocates for all aspects of aviation: Student pilots to airline >[...]
A display indication given to the pilot by the traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS II) recommending a maneuver to increase vertical separation relative to an intrud>[...]